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Create a plan to earn travel rewards points

Create a plan to earn travel rewards points
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If you love to travel, you know you can earn travel rewards points when you take a trip, but also long before you get off the ground. If you rack up enough of these points, you can redeem them for free trips, flight upgrades and complimentary nights in a hotel.

Years ago, earning rewards points was pretty straightforward. You booked a flight, input your airline's travel rewards number, and earned points. You can still do that, but earning points has gotten a lot more complicated than that.

These days, you earn rewards points with credit cards when you shop, and bonus points when you sign up for a new card. There are dozens of cards you can use. Plus, most airlines, rental car companies and hotel chains have rewards programs.

In fact, there are so many ways to earn points, it can be tough to keep track of them all. There is help.

It's a site and app called The Points Guy that helps you navigate the multitude of rewards programs, then find the ones that will help you earn lots of points.

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